Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael is celebrating after the Haiti charity she supports was awarded a $425,000 (£250,000) grant from the U.K. Government. The actress, who plays Lady Edith Crawley in the hit TV drama, is a patron of Haiti Hospital Appeal (HHA), which helps improve the health of women and young children in the impoverished Caribbean country that was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.
Carmichael is overjoyed at the award, telling Britain's Sunday Mirror, "As HHA's patron, I am proud of the incredible impact that the project will have. I had the incredible privilege of witnessing first-hand the dedicated work of local health workers who provide critical care to some of the world's most vulnerable women and children."
British actor Daniel Radcliffe missed his first day at California's Comic-Con convention on Thursday (24Jul14) after he was reportedly stranded in Canada due to visa problems.
The Harry Potter star had been in Toronto to premiere his new movie What If ahead of a planned trip to Comic-Con, but he was unable to leave the country due to an issue with his work visa which left him unable to enter the U.S.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He's stuck in Toronto with visa problems." Editors of the publication report Radcliffe is currently in the process of upgrading his work visa to a permit which will grant him a three-year stay in America, and needed a stamp from the U.S. embassy in Toronto to approve the paperwork.
However, Radcliffe was reportedly unable to obtain the stamp in time because the embassy's computer network was suffering technical problems.
The actor is expected to attend Comic-Con on Friday (25Jul14) to promote his film Horns, but it is not yet known whether his travel dilemma has been resolved.
British actor Paul Grant has vowed to get help for drug and alcohol addiction. The dwarf actor, who has appeared in the Star Wars and Harry Potter movie franchises and David Bowie's Labyrinth, was caught snorting cocaine in pictures published by Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper.
He confessed, "I need help" and revealed his problems began after the breakdown of his marriage, which left him homeless, and he stopped receiving work offers.
Grant, who is living in a friend's apartment, says, "My family has disowned me and work has dried up... I've been on cocaine and it has just got worse. I'm drinking and smoking what I can get.
"I'm all right but I do need help. I've got kids and a granddaughter... I'm going to give it a crack (go). I do want to get back to where I was... I've not been to see anyone, but if someone did offer me help or brought me help I would take it."
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is set to play the villain on the TV adaptation of comic book series The Flash after signing up to portray Leonard Snart. In the popular DC Comics, Snart's alter-ego, Captain Cold, is the leader of the Rogues, and a dastardly enemy of The Flash.
Grant Gustin will portray Barry Allen, who becomes the speedy superhero, on the show, which will debut in America later this year (14).
Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Robbie Amell and Tom Cavanagh have also joined the cast.
Country superstar Garth Brooks is planning to return to the charts this winter (14) with his first album of new material in 13 years. The Friends In Low Places hitmaker retired from recording and touring in 2001 to raise his family, but in a press conference on Thursday (10Jul14), he announced he will be making a big comeback thanks to a new deal with Sony Music.
He said, "The new record, I think, is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there's a lot to say."
The singer is hoping to release the first single "sometime in the next two months" and is eyeing a late November (14) date for the follow-up to 2001's Scarecrow. His first ever world tour will then follow.
Brooks also revealed that for the first time, he will be going digital.
However, his music will not be heading to popular services like Apple's iTunes, because he refuses to let individual songs be purchased; instead, his full catalogue will be available as a package from his own official website and he claims it will be very affordable: "(Some people) might think I'm giving it away, but I'm not. (It'll be) at a stupid price."
During the press conference, Brooks also touched on the controversy surrounding his cancelled run of gigs in Dublin, Ireland, which had been due to take place later this month (Jul14). The shows were scrapped on Tuesday (08Jul14) after local council officials refused to grant permits for two additional dates that had been added to the original three-night stint at Croke Park.
He added, "The people of Ireland are the most loving people on the planet. However, the system needs to look at itself... Don't sell a show to people and get their hopes up and then cancel it. It just isn't fair...
"If the prime minister himself wants to speak to me, I will crawl, swim, and even fly over."
Irish parliamentary officials are currently attempting to work with Dublin council bosses and the gig promoters to salvage the mini-residency, Brooks' first shows in Ireland in 17 years.
Actor Robbie Amell is joining the cast of superhero TV series The Flash as one half of DC Comics duo Firestorm. The star will portray maintenance worker Ronnie Raymond, who plays a key role in transforming Grant Gustin's character Barry Allen into The Flash.
In the comics, Raymond is involved in a nuclear accident with physicist Martin Stein which allows them to fuse together to create the superhero Firestorm.
The role in the Arrow spin-off reunites Amell with his The Tomorrow People producer Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Amell says, "I'm so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW (U.S. TV network) again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can't wait to get started!"
The Flash will premiere in America in October (14).
Irish singer Shane Filan is "devastated" after losing out on the chance to share a stage with Garth Brooks following the cancellation of the country superstar's Dublin concerts. The Friends in Low Places hitmaker announced earlier this year (14) that he would kick off a comeback tour at Croke Park in the Irish capital with three shows, slated to take place at the the end of July (14).
Fans rushed to buy tickets, and promoters added two more dates, but officials at Dublin City Council refused to grant the extra permits following a backlash from local residents.
Brooks insisted he would perform all five concerts or none at all, and after failing to come to an agreement with authorities, organisers Aiken Promotions pulled the plug on the shows on Tuesday (08Jul14).
The decision has angered 400,000 ticket holders who are now awaiting refunds, as well as former Westlife star Filan, who was set to open for Brooks.
Filan writes in a post on his official Facebook.com page, "I am so devastated that Garth Brooks has had to cancel his shows in Ireland. I am a huge fan and couldn't wait to see him perform. It was a dream come true when I was asked to support him. Its (sic) a sad day for everyone in Ireland who had been looking forward to these concerts for so long."
Five historic Garth Brooks concerts at Ireland's Croke Park have been cancelled following a dispute with local council authorities. The Friends in Low Places hitmaker was originally scheduled to play three shows from 25 to 27 July (14), but added two more shows on 28 and 29 July (14) due to popular demand.
All five dates sold out within minutes, but promoters' plans were thrown into jeopardy last week (ends04Jul14) when Dublin City Council officials refused to grant them permits for the two additional concerts.
Brooks responded to the action by threatening to cancel all of the performances, insisting he plays all five gigs or none at all, but authorities refused to bow to the pressure and on Tuesday (08Jul14), concert organisers at Aiken Promotions announced the shows were off.
They revealed they had "exhausted all avenues" in trying to coordinate the shows, but it was with "great regret" that Brooks' performances would no longer be taking place.
The Croke Park shows would have marked Brooks' first performances in Dublin since 1997.
The son of former Bond movie mastermind Michael Apted has lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 47. Sound editor Paul Apted died in Los Angeles on Friday (04Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He followed his director father into Hollywood and enjoyed a career spanning over two decades.
His recent projects included Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard, Hugh Jackman films The Wolverine and Prisoners, and the big screen adaptation of hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.
Paul had also worked with his British dad on a handful of movies, including Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman's Extreme Measures in 1996 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010.
A memorial service is due to take place at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills next Sunday (13Jul14), while a funeral service will follow in the U.K. at a later date.
Five historic Garth Brooks concerts at Ireland's Croke Park are on the verge of cancellation after Dublin city officials refused to back down on plans to axe two shows he added at the venue. The country music star has threatened to scrap all five of his dates planned for later this month (Jul14) if locals' objections result in the cancellations of two of the concerts, but it appears Dublin City Council officials are refusing to budge on their ruling, insisting the sold out gigs will prove too much of a strain on local businesses and transport.
In a statement released on Thursday (03Jul14), the singer wrote, "I have faith that will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
But city bosses remain firm on their decision to grant licences for three of the five Brooks concerts, stating, "We have been consistent (since it was confirmed that tickets were sold for five concerts) in informing the Promoter and his agents that the main concern was the impact that 5 consecutive concerts would have on the local area."
They add, "It should be noted The Promoter could have lodged the licence application at any stage, including before the tickets went on sale last February.
"Dublin City Council were not formally consulted by the Promoter prior to the tickets going on sale. It should be noted that there is no requirement for such consultation. There was no formal consultation with Dublin City Council and the Promoter prior to the lodgement of the Event Licence applications although there were a number of informal discussions with the Promoters Agents prior to its lodgement. Again our concerns regarding the number of concerts was expressed."
The officials' latest statement concludes, "A decision was made to grant the event licence subject to conditions, one of which was to reduce the number of concerts from five to three... It should be noted that event licence decisions made under the Planning & Development Acts cannot be amended or appealed."